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Permalink National Heirloom Expo

September 5-7, 2017
Santa Rosa, California

This event features more than 100 speakers in three themed speaker halls: The Garden Hall, The Pure Food Pavilion, and The Farmers Forum. There will also be demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink SIFT Farm Variety Trials

September 5, 2017
Butte, Montana

NCAT's Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training Program is always growing new varieties. We will feature the tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables that performed best and taste best at this annual event. The afternoon event is free.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation in Action Tour

September 5-6, 2017
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Conservation Technology Information Center hosts this annual tour highlighting soil health and nutrient and water management. The tour topic is "Building Bridges: Indiana's Past, Present and Future in Conservation Agriculture," and it visits four locations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Diverse Dairy

September 6, 2017
Monroe, Maine

This MOFGA Farm Training Project (FTP) evening workshop is free and open to the public. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows. See how farmers Greg and Heidi Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long-term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese, and ice cream, along with honey, sheep, guinea hogs, meat chickens, and eggs. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Crop Production: Balancing the Field & Tunnels on an Established Organic Vegetable Operation

September 6, 2017
Norwich, New York

NOFA New York invites you to join Zaid Kurdieh at Norwich Meadows Farm for an afternoon tour of this 100-acre certified organic vegetable operation. Zaid will be discussing how they efficiently manage crops in the field and their 95 high tunnels, from crop rotations, disease, and cover cropping to mitigating risk. The Risk Management Agency will provide a brief overview on how to manage risk and how crop insurance can help protect your farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Monarch Conservation Field Day

September 7, 2017
Bussey, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium present this field day at Logan Abandoned Mile Land.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Good Agricultural Practices Workshop

September 7, 2017
Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems/North Carolina Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT), Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and others to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. The Navigating the USDA GAP Audit workshop will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Available resources, including consulting services, will be provided to growers who participate to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Oat, Hay, and Feed Production and Direct-Marketing

September 7, 2017
Dunkerton, Iowa

This free afternoon field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa visits Canfield Family Farm. The Canfield family has spent the last two years relearning how to grow small grains in Iowa. They have researched machinery, production strategies, and varieties, in addition to seeking potential market streams. One opportunity is to direct-market small grains to small-scale livestock owners as either whole grains or as part of complete mixed feeds.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Businesses in a Farm-to-Table World

September 7, 2017
Online

This presentation is part of the NC Growing Together monthly webinar series. It will give small business counselors, mentors, extension agents, and funders some background and insights into industry-specific issues faced by entrepreneurs who are planning, growing, or struggling with food businesses in North Carolina. The session will examine the changing restaurant industry and expanded entrepreneurial opportunities in related food businesses, including food trucks, caterers, and food makers, and will discuss the integration of sourcing, procurement, production planning, culinary trends, and the demand for local produce, meats, dairy, and seafood into business planning and operational analysis for new and expanding food businesses.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Growers School Harvest Conference

September 8-10, 2017
Swannanoa and Mills River, North Carolina

The Harvest Conference from Organic Growers School focuses on fall and winter growing, home cooking, fermentation, preservation, homestead skills, self-reliance, backyard wonders, and more—all with an organic perspective. Friday offers three different intensive, full-day workshops. Saturday features 21 classes in seven tracks. On Sunday, Living Web Farms is extending the weekend by offering a Root Crop Production Intensive.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Planning, Managing, and Growing Your Forest Farming Business

September 8-10, 2017
South Bloomingville, Ohio

This multi-day intensive training is presented by Rural Action and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Graze River Country Pasture Walk

September 8, 2017
Mason, Wisconsin

This afternoon event in the pasture walk series visits Joe and Kristy Lulich for a North Shore look at the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and pasture layout improvements.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry and Long-Term Leases

September 8, 2017
Jefferson, Wisconsin

This afternoon Savanna Institute field day takes place at Feral Farm, which grows a diversity of tree crops in polyculture rows with hay alley crops in between. This is made possible through a unique long-term land-access arrangement with Brattsett Family Farm, a grass-fed beef farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Opportunities in Organic Farming

September 8, 2017
Atlanta, Illinios

At this free field day at PrairiErth Farm, the MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, the Bishops, showcase their diverse livestock, crop, and vegetable operations, sharing their organic management practices and reasons for choosing them, and highlight the on-farm research they're doing. The field day will begin with a tour of Dave's livestock operation. The second half of the day will focus on Hans and Katie's vegetable operation. Additional presenters will talk about legislative initiatives relevant to farmers, opportunities with universities, lending institutions, and more to encourage farmers to transition to organic.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Crop and Hog Production and Water Quality Practices

September 9, 2017
Harlan, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Organic Association present a free afternoon field day at Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm. This field day will focus on organic crop and swine production, and will be of special interest to farmers hoping to transition to organic. The Rosmanns have tried various housing options for farrowing pigs in their organic and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified farrow-to-finish swine operation. The Rosmanns will also discuss water quality and edge-of-field practices such as field borders, buffer strips and agroforestry practices they use.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Hemp Industries Association Annual Conference

September 9-11, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and University of Kentucky present this event with tracks on science, industry, and policy. It includes tours, speakers, an exhibitor hall, and a poster session.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink The Integrated Farm

September 10, 2017
Barre, Massachusetts

NOFA Massachusetts presents this full-day event at Many Hands Organic Farm. Jack Kittredge, Julie Rawson, and their colleagues have been working for several decades to create and fine-tune an ecologically complex system. During this workshop, Jack and Julie will explain and show the systems and interconnections among their various farm enterprises, which include vegetables, tree and berry fruits, pigs, beef cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys, bees, and mushrooms. They will detail their latest innovations in their no-till system, including use of cocktail cover crops and wood chips. Failures and successes will be discussed.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Healthy Soil Farm Tour

September 10, 2017
McCuthenville, Ohio

This free afternoon tour at Margraf Family Farm is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Join this tour to learn about how the family raises corn, beans, and wheat using 100 percent no-till and cover crops to keep nutrients on the farm and out of the Western Lake Erie Basin, see cows and calves on pasture, tour their machine shed and precision equipment, and enjoy lemonade and cookies on the back porch.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FSMA 101 Webinar

September 11, 2017
Online

Organic professionals are invited to join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a series of webinars on how the new federal food safety regulations intersect with organic regulations. The first webinar reviews Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulation basics and discusses how they integrate into National Organic Program requirements. This webinar is free. Pre-registration is encouraged. Space is limited to 100 participants.

In: Online

 

Permalink Conservation Agriculture

September 11, 2017
Lawrence, Kansas

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers Advanced Workshop Series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Little Prairie Farms and Purdue Student Farm

September 11, 2017
Brookston and West Lafayette, Indiana

As part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program, Purdue Extension offers tours across the state that offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations. This event will offer two tours of small acreage vegetable farms to learn about farming practices and tools for small-acreage farms.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Soil Health in Irrigated Intensive Vegetable Production

September 12, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division will focus on how improving soil health and function related to infiltration and available water holding capacity benefits irrigated vegetable production systems in California. Developing a system that minimizes soil disturbance, preserves residue, and uses diverse crop rotations, cover crops, integrated pest management, precision irrigation, and controlled traffic creates a synergistic effect that can accelerate soil health improvements. Results from research conducted in California will be presented by Jeff Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Extension Specialist, Department of Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis.

In: Online

 

Permalink How to Know If Your Direct Marketing Vegetable Enterprise is Making Money

September 12, 2017
Memphis or Brownsville, Tennessee

This University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture workshop is designed to help growers learn the basics of using records and budgets to track revenue and costs and to plan. Some locations will offer an additional topic and these may include sales tax, business tax and liability insurance for value-added products, or managing risks of backyard poultry. There is no registration fee for these workshops but pre-registration is required as space is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Bus Tour to South Dakota and North Dakota

September 12-14, 2017
Billings, Miles City, and Baker, Montana

Montana Soil and Water Conservation Society offers the opportunity to join a bus tour to Dakota Lakes, South Dakota, and the Menoken Farm and Gabe Brown's Farm in North Dakota to see soil health in action. Participants will meet with special guests David Brandt, Ray Archuleta, and Dr. Allen Williams at the Brown Ranch.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control

September 12, 2017
Boise, Idaho

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course from The Xerces Society. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Dairy Forage Management--Corn Silage & Weed Control

September 12, 2017
Vernon, Vermont

The Miller Farm is a 5th generation family farm that converted to organic in 2009 and is milking 170 cows. They grow a variety of crops for forage from corn to alfalfa. This NOFA Vermont mid-day workshop will focus on organic forage production. Join farmer Peter Miller, grazing consultant Sarah Flack, and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby to discuss the installation of Miller Farm's irrigation system, their organic corn silage production, as well as other forages they grow, and how the Millers are using flame weeding tools for weed control.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Humus Advantage Composting Workshop

September 12-14, 2017
Deer Grove, Illinois

This workshop from Midwest BioSystems will give you hands-on training at a compost production site that utilizes the Aeromaster Composting System. Whether you're a farmer or commercial composter, this three-day training course will give you the hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge you need to make Humus Compost, the highest quality compost on the market.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Best Management Practices for High Tunnel Nutrition and Soil Health

September 13, 2017
Poughkeepsie, New York

The Cornell Vegetable Program is partnering with NOFA-NY in a New York Farm Viability Institute-funded project and will offer an evening field day. They have been working to identify long-term soil health and fertility best management practices. They will share what has been learned at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and at other farms across the state in a conversation focused on development of best management practices.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Field Day with Rio Del Rey Heirloom Beans

September 13, 2017
Valley Center, California

At this free field day, Rio Del Rey's Mike Reeske will take participants on a tour of the farm's heirloom bean trials. Also also learn about organic seed production and see thresher and seed-cleaning demos.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Quad Cities Pollinator Conference

September 13-14, 2017
Davenport, Iowa

"Natural Areas for Native Species: the Art of Conservation" is the conference theme. Informational sessions will focus on Bees, Butterflies & Beyond; Woodlands & Wetlands; and Crafting Conservation. Two pre-conference workshops will be held on September 13.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Field Day

September 13, 2017
Orange City, Iowa

This Iowa Learning Farms evening field day is hosted by Jon Kiel.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference

September 14-15, 2017
McAllen, Texas

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) present the first Texas Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Conference on sustainable agriculture for Hispanic farmers and ranchers. The two-day event will include speakers on topics such as business planning, soil health, marketing, and access to resources for profitable production.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Rotational Grazing and Pasture Improvement Field Day

September 14, 2017
Coon Rapids, Iowa

Whiterock Conservancy hosts this Iowa Learning Farms afternoon field day.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Drought and Invasive Species Webinar

September 14, 2017
Online

Drought creates the potential for invasive plant species to increase in diversity and abundance in a variety of ecosystems, often mediated by the occurrence of disturbances (wildfire, insect outbreaks). This webinar will explore (1) current issues related to the effects of drought on invasive species, (2) examples of drought-related impacts on ecosystems, and (3) management options for increasing resilience.

In: Online

 

Permalink A Little Bit of Everything in Everly

September 14, 2017
Everly, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day visits Darla and Michael Eeten at GoodEetens Produce. Join Michael and Darla for a tour of the high tunnels, outdoor rotational vegetable fields, and strawberry beds on their small farm. In their established production beds, the Eetens experiment with no-till, maintaining permanent walkways and mulching heavily. They also keep guinea hogs and chickens for weed management and manure.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FarmStarts: Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business, and Marketing

September 14, 2017
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

FarmStarts is providing training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years. Conventional and organic producers are welcome to attend this free, day-long training. Topics include organic farming operations, organic grain marketing, organic crop insurance, livestock health, organic certification, financial management, and an introduction to OFARM.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

September 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

This event features more than 150 workshops from the leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading and livestock, green building, and natural health. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin, Dan Chiras, and Howard Garrett. In addition, more than 200 regional and national exhibitors will feature sustainable products and services.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour

September 15, 2017
Allentown, Pennsylvania

This 21st annual bus tour with Penn State Extension is for retail-farm-market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm-market peers during their best and most robust season. Explore some of the premier farm markets in New York.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Aid 2017

September 16, 2017
Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

Farm Aid's annual concert is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local, and organic foods. At Farm Aid's 2017 concert, attendees can visit the HOMEGROWN Village to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Vegetable Production

September 16, 2017
Northfield, Minnesota

MOSES presents a free morning field day at Open Hands Farm. Farmers Ben Doherty and Erin Johnson, and Annalisa Hultberg, U of M Extension Food Safety Educator, discuss food safety in organic vegetable production in the field and packing shed. Also learn about weed management tools and growing/storing/marketing winter root crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regenerative Grazing to Produce Gourmet Grass-Fed Beef

September 16, 2017
Bellevue, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day, Jamie Hostetler will educate attendees on regenerative grazing and grass-efficient beef genetics. Enjoy a hayride through his pastures, stopping to see annuals interseeded in perennial pastures and a PlantO-Vator minimum-till drill. Jamie's cattle are rotated every 12 hours and he will demonstrate a "five-minute move" into a fresh paddock.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Jefferson County Farm Tour

September 16-17, 2017
Jefferson County, Washington

Every year the Jefferson County Farm Tour draws thousands of visitors eager to experience a working farm and connect with local farmers. The two-afternoon event celebrates locally grown food, fiber, and farm-made products, invites community members to learn and engage with their local farmers, and stimulates economic opportunity for farms in Jefferson County.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink CCOF Pacific Southwest Organic Symposium for Local Farmers

September 17, 2017
Encinitas, California

This one-day, interactive summit is being hosted by the CCOF Pacific Southwest Chapter, centered on organic farming in the Pacific Southwest. It will bring together experts on topics of relevance for regional growers, both the beginner and the experienced. It is intended to be a day of education and networking, including a session with "Buyers Ready to Buy." Participation is limited.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Florida Organic Growers Organic Food & Farming Summit

September 17-19, 2017
Gainesville, Florida

This inaugural event will serve as an opportunity for growers, educators, advocates, academics, and researchers to interact and gain knowledge through farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and day-long training sessions. The agenda includes a food safety grower training course and a workshop on resources for beginning organic farmers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Shiitake Mushroom Production Workshop

September 17, 2017
Champaign, Illinois

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery offers this afternoon class that will teach you all you need to know about producing mushrooms for market. You will go home with two or three logs that have been inoculated with spores. This course is intended for small-production farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Cleaning and Recordkeeping

September 19, 2017
Online

Join Organic Seed Alliance for the fifth in a six-part Organic Seed Production webinar series that provides training for seed growers and seed production interns throughout the 2017 growing season. This webinar will cover basics of cleaning wet and dry seed by hand or with small to large-scale equipment. Farmer participants will share their seed cleaning tricks, tools, and facilities and engage in trouble shooting questions with participants. Tips and resources for record keeping will help ensure seed lots are in order at the end of the season and you can recall cleaning methods in future years.

In: Online

 

Permalink Jim Gerrish Sustainable Grazing Workshop

September 19, 2017
Dodson, Montana

The Matador Ranch hosts Jim Gerrish, offering an opportunity to learn about ranching without iron and oil, managing cow costs,matching forage and livestock resources,using custom grazing as a management tool, and planning for a low-labor operation.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink To Fence or Not to Fence

September 19, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar from the NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area considers Planning Considerations and Design Options for Prescribed Grazing Systems and Functional Riparian Buffers.

In: Online

 

Permalink South Carolina Farm to Institution Summit

September 19, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina Farm to Institution and the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s Division of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and School Health are holding the first annual SC Farm to Institution Summit. This year's theme is Growing Stronger Together. The purpose of the summit is to bring together key farm to institution players to further encourage local procurement, reinforce healthy, local food education, and provide the skills to establish a garden, farmers market, or community supported agriculture (CSA) program on site.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Georgia Grazing School

September 19-20, 2017
Athens, Georgia

This is an A-Z course on grazing management principles. Multiple classroom lectures addressing plant and grazing management will be combined with a farm visit to a nearby grazing operation. Demonstrations of fencing and watering options will highlight valuable management practices for livestock producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Stockmanship for Improved Grazing Management

September 18, 19, or 20, 2017
Ronan, Missoula, or Deer Lodge, Montana

This will be a stockmanship course with a focus on using stockmanship to improve grazing management, presented by NRCS and local conservation districts. Curt Pate will lead three, one-day workshops.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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